Dear U.S. Senators and U.S. Representative and the President:
The sample letter is text that site visitors can typically edit and send to their lawmakers. A good letter will explain the issue and the impact on key constituencies. It is helpful to include supporting facts with sources, like study data. Ideally there is a specific request of the lawmaker, such as to cosponsor or vote for a specific bill (with number) or to sign on to a letter.
It is important to keep the tone constructive and positive-- in particular threats about withholding votes or fundraising are counterproductive with legislative staff.
Because of the way the data is processed by most legislative offices, the sample letter should be in text format.
Sincerely, YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS